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UNICEF Haiyan Relief: Back to School in the Philippines

Palo Central Elementary school, destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan, reopened with UNICEF's help.

Carl and Alexa at Palo Central Elementary school in Leyte province, which reopened its doors on December 2 with a tent and learning supplies provided by UNICEF. © UNICEF/Diana Valcarcel

Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda) destroyed up to 90 percent of all schools in affected areas when it tore through the Philippines a month ago leaving over a million students and 35,000 teachers without places to learn and teach.

Students at schools across Leyte province are learning again, thanks to UNICEF temporary schools, UNICEF School-in-a-Box kits and UNICEF recreation kits. UNICEF is working to get every Philippine child back to school by January 2014.

Alexa, age 8, attended Palo Central Elementary before it was destroyed by the storm. Watch Alexa’s school reopen — and her reaction — in the video below:

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